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Court defers ruling on extradition of former Mint boss

Posted: Apr 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

 

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, deferred ruling in the extradition proceedings brought against Ehidiamhem Okoyomon, former managing director and chief executive of Nigeria Security, Printing and Minting  Company (NSPMC), by the office of Attorney-General of the Federation, to May 4, 2015.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in a press release on Wednesday, stated that, instead of the ruling, prosecuting counsel, M. S Hassan and defence counsel, Chukwuemeka J. Dumaka, who stood in for Alex Iziyon, re-adopted their written addresses and oral submissions in line with the constitutional provision that parties to any trial must re-adopt their addresses if judgment is not delivered within three months of the adoption of final addresses. It is over three months since the parties first adopted their written addresses.

Okoyomon is wanted in the United Kingdom over his alleged role in a bribery case involving officials of Central Bank of Nigeria, the NSPMC, and Securency International Pty of Australia, between 2006 and 2008.

His counsel,  Iziyon, had argued that the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the application to extradite the respondent, and that the 1931 treaty, which the prosecution counsel is relying upon, has been repealed by Decree No 87 of 1966. He argued that the 1931 treaty between UK and Nigeria was just an agreement, not a law.

Hassan, in response, argued that the 1931 treaty became applicable to Nigeria in 1935 and that it was never repealed by any enactment. He further told the court that “Schedule 2, under extradition law, provides that the law shall apply to all Commonwealth nations”.

He urged the court, presided by Justice E. S. Chukwu, to grant his plea based on the extradition treaty of 1931 between Nigeria and the UK.